Layens Hive


Devised by French beekeeper George de Layens in the 19th century, this hive is becoming more and more popular with thousands now in use in the USA and over 1 million in Spain alone.

Layens advocated sustainable beekeeping that rested on two principles;

  1. Use local, indigenous bees.
  2. Keep them inside appropriate hives that require minimal management and mimic the cavity size of a hollow tree.

With big hives, big frames, and plenty of room for the queen to lay uninterrupted, you should be able to minimize natural swarming, produce enough honey that the hive-site will allow, and build up a strong colony ready for the winter.

Our hives are made from UK-grown cedar from sustainable sources. The hive includes 20 frames (440x340mm wide) conventionally spaced but top bars butted together at the top of the hive for added insulation.

Please note that this is a Hyde Hives style Layens hive that we feel is more suited to UK beekeepers, with varroa mesh floors and pull-out inspection trays, we have also added a second entrance for it to be potentially used for colonies.


  • The hive is fully assembled
  • 20 x assembled Layens frames
  • 2 x Entrance reducer's (1 per colony)
  • 1 x Partition board


Measurements: (approx) 800mm x 400mm and 480mm deep


Key features:

Gas struts to keep the roof open

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Patrick Trembath

The Layens that Hyde Hives made is better than i expected. The build quality is excellent and delivery was on time and the communication with the company was brilliant. They where very helpfull and very curtieus. and great for the environment as they plant a tree for every hive that has been made . This the first time i will use a Layens and looking forward probably next season .I will hopefully purchase another hive next year . 5 star rating Thanks.

Jill Blackett
New venture

The Layens hive arrived quicker than expected, great service and delivery and is very well constructed. I have managed to treat it with Danish oil (between downpours of rain) and now am looking forward to finding it some new residents. Thank you Matt, Dean and delivery driver.

Beka V.
Beautiful, well made hives

These are my first hives so I can't give too much insight, but these are just beautiful. As someone who has done woodworking in the past, I find the construction quality of both of the hives I received to be absolutely brilliant. Lid opens very easily but not in a way that it'll just blow open, the gas struts are a brilliant idea. Plenty of space in the lid cavity for any insulation you might want to add too, or even to store some hive tools etc. Wood quality is excellent, uniform in smoothness, thickness and colour, inside and out. Legs are very sturdy and well secured. Entrance reducers are very useful. Frames are completely unwarped and well made, feel very sturdy. Varroa boards can be stiff to remove or put back in but easily fixed with some sandpaper on the problem side, and the tightness reduces drafts and space for unwanted guests to get in. Construction and delivery were much faster than I anticipated, which is always a pleasant surprise! All in all, not a bad thing to say about the hives or Hyde Hives as a company. Matt gave me some initial advice before I purchased the hives because as a newbie I wasn't entirely sure what would be the best type of hive for me, and I think the Layens was absolutely a great choice. Nice and deep without a huge footprint (although obviously still larger than any vertical hive) and even though my hives are bee-less at the moment, I look forward to working with the Layens hive over the coming years!

Caroline Crolla
My first Layens Hive

Dean delivered my Layens hive a couple of weeks ago and I was lucky enough to receive a swarm soon after. The Layens hive is beautifully made: strong, robust, easy to manage. Lifting the roof is a delight. I’ve decided to adopt what some call a more natural approach to beekeeping as practised by Leo Sharaskin, Phil Chandler and Gene Rene (all of whom have produced excellent YouTube videos). This Layens hive will hopefully help my bees flourish and over-winter well. It is a thing of beauty...

Vicki Garratt
Beautiful Layens hive!

A beautiful piece of craftsmanship 😃 I'm v pleased with quality of the carpentry and also the design with apex roof, divider board and neat firm hive stand. Great service from Matt and Dean in the buying process and on delivery 😃 thanks so much!

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